2016 Ford Transit Connect LWB XLT–Mod 05 [Bike Transport Rig], 08/14

I have completed the woodwork finishing.

Looks Good? A darker finish still, would have been fine with me.

The results are stylish and functional. I love woodwork. I will polish the wood and paint the 2 L-brackets for my Trek Project One Mount [the one that sits back] black.

2016 Ford Transit Connect LWB XLT–Updates, 08/12

A few events happened today. Three are scheduled for tomorrow. The focus is the Bike Rig.

Completed Today:

  1. Ordered personalized license [PHOTOS] plate at the Eutaw DMV.
  2. Received the 2 wheel tray straps.
  3. Sanded the bike-rig wood.
  4. Applied 2 coats of MINWAX Ebony Stain.
Raw wood, then 1st & 2nd stains
Raw wood, then 1st & 2nd stains

Planned for tomorrow:

  1. Apply another coat of stain.
  2. Have accent lighting installed in the van
  3. Apply 1st coat of MINWAX Fast-Drying Clear Satin Polyurethane Tung Oil.

2016 Ford Transit Connect LWB XLT–Mod 05, 08/11

More bike rig parts have arrived–all, except the wheel tray straps.

I plan to sand and stain tomorrow, Friday–08/12.

2016 Ford Transit Connect LWB XLT–Mod 05, 08/06

Two Yakima BlockHead Bike Mounts are installed. Wheel holders [front & rear] to come.

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Transportation ~ 2016 Ford Transit Connect LWB XLT–Mods 04 & 05, 08/05

The busy day continued with a cargo are floor covering and fitting for transporting two of my cycles.


  1. Bulkhead [See 1st comment for the story. It’s a doozy!]
  2. Painted door panels
  3. Window wind deflectors
  4. 4′ x 6′ Rug
  5. Bike transport rig

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Photography ~ Facebook– June 2016 Photo-a-Day Challenge–Day 29

Today, my most interesting Flickr photograph for today’s Photo-a-Day Prompt: I have too much…

I have too much care and concern for the electronics I ride with to allow them to possibly get rained on. I needed a low-cost solution–DIY and a coke bottle.

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Photography ~ Facebook– June 2016 Photo-a-Day Challenge–Day 11

Since I cannot submit a collage, I have to find a single photograph to represent my 2008 [odyssey] rides.

The  prompt is: If I wrote a novel, it would be about…

…a 2008 Coast-to-Coast [and more] Cycling Odyssey


Niagara Falls

This novel would begin with a Catrike Rally in Winter Garden, Florida, followed by the Face of America Ride from Bethesda, Maryland to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Late June ’08 began the actual odyssey by biking in Virginia & Tennessee; then a drive [with a breakdown in South Dakoda] to Idaho, then on to Wenatchee & Seattle, Washington; from Seattle a one-day [204-mile] bike ride to Portland, Oregon; follow that with a drive to Minnesota for a short visit with Hazel. Go from there to Iowa for RAGBRAI. Meet friends in Illinois and ride with them. Go home for a few days before driving to Buffalo, New York to ride with cyclist at Niagara. Home again, then to Georgia and later to Charleston, South Carolina for more riding.

Two Thousand Eight was a heck of a cycling year. I am glad I documented enough of the story that [if I were so inclined] I could indeed write a novel about a fictionized character who took on these feats and met the challenges as they happened. Could there be “a Best Seller” here?

Flickr Photo Album